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Ethanol margins to fall

Source: DAN PILLER • Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Ethanol producers will lose about 25 to 30 cents per gallon on operating profits when the tax credit for blenders goes away after Dec. 31.

Riding the biofuels wave

Source: Steve Jordon • Omaha World Herald • Posted: Monday, November 28th, 2011

Giant components of Novozymes’ $200 million fermentation plant at Blair, Neb., were supposed to cross the ocean by ship, pass through the Port of New Orleans, chug up the Mississippi River on barges and turn left toward Nebraska.

Livestock Farmers Say Ethanol Eats Too Much Corn

Source: Michael J. Crumb • AP • Posted: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The amount of corn consumed by the ethanol industry combined with continued demand from overseas has cattle and hog farmers worried that if corn production drops due to drought or another natural disaster, the cost of feed could skyrocket, leaving them little choice but to reduce the size of their herds. A smaller supply could, in turn, mean higher meat prices and less selection at the grocery store.

Industry leader suggests ethanol can compete without U.S. tax credit

Source: Josh Funk • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Adam Monroe, president of Novozymes, a leading maker of the enzymes used to produce biofuels, says that declining support for ethanol subsidies hasn’t ruined long-term prospects for the industry to make competitively priced fuel from plants.

Clean energy cuts delayed, not avoided, by supercommittee’s collapse

Source: Evan Lehmann • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The congressional “supercommittee” might be dead, but that won’t rescue energy spending from deep cuts that loom in the future. It only provides a temporary reprieve, according to observers.

Neb. enzyme plant readies to supply biofuel plants

AP • Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The leading maker of the enzymes used to produce biofuels says the declining political support for ethanol hasn’t diminished the long-term prospects for the industry making fuel from plants.

Bill Gates says U.S. clean energy spending should equal defense outlay

Source: Lauren Morello, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

The United States should spend as much on clean energy research as it does on health and defense research, Microsoft founder Bill Gates says.
“There really is no other choice,” Gates wrote in an editorial published yesterday in the journalScience. “Carbon-based fuels are prone to wild price gyrations and are causing the planet to overheat.”

Cellulosic ethanol won’t reach first-generation price until 2020 — study

E&E • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

Even with subsidies, ethanol made from crop waste or wood chips won’t be competitive with fuel made from corn until 2020 at the earliest, which is at the tail end of the most optimistic industry predictions, a new study said this week.

Report debunks myths about ethanol

Source: MICHAEL VAUGHAN • Globe and Mail Update • Posted: Monday, November 21st, 2011

The Conference Board of Canada has produced a report that blows away some of the long-held objections to ethanol.

Stover experiments critical to Iowa’s future in biofuel

Source: Dan Piller • Des Moines Register • Posted: Friday, November 18th, 2011

If Iowa hopes to remain a leader in the next generation of biofuels beyond corn-based ethanol, it must figure out cost-effective ways to pick up the cornstalks and leaves left behind at harvest.